Instant Cornell notes.
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No more forcing a word processor to do what it wasn’t designed to do. Take Cornell notes, complete with title, cue column, detail column, and summary. Use custom text formatting to give your notes structure and make the important points stand out. Edit and rearrange your notes as you go. Organize your sheets into folders so you can take notes for all of your classes or for different projects. Use the Cosmic Search bar to search through all your sheets, notes, and summaries. Results are filtered and highlighted in real-time as you type. Star sheets so you can get to them fast. And when you’re done, export to your printer or to PDF.
Without taking notes, only 10% of what you hear may last in memory. With good note-taking, that number can go up to over 80% 📈. Despite the benefits of note-taking, 1 out of every 3 students do not take notes 🙋🏼♀️ 🙋🏼♀️ 🤦🏼♀️.
Cornell note-taking is one of the most frequently recommended note-taking formats by universities and high schools. It helps you take useful notes in an efficient way, allowing the notes to be used for review and self-quizzing.
Take better notes with Columns.
Use the Cosmic Search to search through all your sheets, notes, and summaries in any folder. Results highlighted and filtered in real-time as you type. Click on a search result to be taken to its sheet. 🧙🏾♂️
Implement your own tagging system just by using text and search. If you’ve written it, you can find it. Search supports international text characters.
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Step into the light by clicking the sun ☼ next to the moon (brace yourself 🕶). These settings will be remembered when you close the app.
At any time, you can print your notes 🖨 or export them as PDF to share with others or review outside of the app such as in Preview, or on another device such as an iPad® 📄
Exported sheets are full-spec two-column Cornell notes, including the title, notes, and summary, and can be multiple pages.
One of the well-researched use cases for Cornell note-taking is its effectiveness in improving language skills and its components. 
Columns supports international keyboards and international text characters. The search feature also recognizes these inputs. So you can use Columns to help study Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Hebrew, Korean, Armenian, Georgian, French, Portugese, or any language natively supported by macOS®.
1. Alzu’bi, 2019; Zorn 2017; Baharev ,2016; Davoudi, Moattarian & Zareian, 2015; Rahmani & Sadeghi, 2011 &Hayati, 2009; Jacobs, 2008;
2. Columns’ UI is in English, but it supports international text characters for all notes, sheets, summaries, titles, and folders.
Take thorough notes in an efficient way.
No more forcing a word processor to do what it wasn’t designed to do, or drawing lines on paper.
During a meeting, while listening to a lecture, watching a film, or reading a book.
Notes are a work in progress. Go back and edit.
If you’ve written it in Columns, you can quickly find it using the Cosmic Search bar.
Navigate through a sheet, write, and apply formatting using just your keyboard.
Although Columns seeks to provide a faithful Cornell Note-Taking experience on a computer device, visitors of this website should not misconstrue any of the abstracts and conclusions cited from publicly available research papers as direct endorsements for Columns.
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